5 Stars By Alohamora11 on 2015-01-22
This grill is super versatile, I teach a cooking class with kids ...
This grill is super versatile, I teach a cooking class with kids between the ages of 7-13 in a school so we have tested it 3 days a week for the last 2 months. We have baked cookies on this (in the muffin tin) have fried chicken, fried plantains, burgers, meatballs, veggie sautÃ©, spaghetti, and a whole bunch of other things.
The only con is that handling the grill gets a little too hot, we haven't had any problems how ever with anyone getting burned. I just wish the hinges to close the grill lids were sturdier.
5 Stars By James on 2015-05-03
Very Nice Grill
Just received my new George Foreman Evolve yesterday and I must say so far I am very pleased. I purchased the new grill to replace a much older model which had burned out literally bright light and all. I probably could have fixed it, but why bother? Anyway I had a couple of Costco's chicken breast marinating in the fridge when my new grill arrived so I started grilling right out of the box. Temp 400, sear and grill for 9 min, put in closed container to let it finish cooking. Yes I know, some reviewers will assume the old grill was better because all you had to do was close the lid and eventually you got it right, but one thing you never could cook on the old grill is "Jiffy Cornbread" which I perfectly cooked on my new grill today. Simply follow directions on the box. Mine was done in 15 min at 400. Didn't even preheat the second bunch and it was done in 15 min as well.
The grill bakes brownies just as well and these are the easiest, tastiest I've found so far...Ghirardelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, 19-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F94XR4S/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_4oowvb1HTF51M
5 Stars By Susan on 2015-02-17
Yep, the grill has definitely evolved!
We have had our share of George Foreman grills, from the Champ Grill and Jumbo Size Grill in 2004, to three with removable plates, to the indoor/outdoor grill in 2007 (I looked up our 6 AlumiGogo orders). But this one really delivers the one-two punch (my hubby wanted me to put that in; boxing fans would get it). ;-)
The others with removable grill plates were supposedly easy to clean, but I remember especially on the indoor/outdoor grill that I had to scrub and scrub to get them clean, so much so that it was almost not worth it. The grill plates on this one are SO EASY they practically clean themselves! All I have to do is rinse them off in the sink and use a sponge to get off the excess and voila; it's done! Or you can put them in the dishwasher (ours only gets used about once a month just to make sure it still works).
I'm not a cook and we usually eat out, but since having this 2-in-1 Evolve Grill we've been eating at home more often. Plus my hubby usually has a sandwich during the evening and previously we bought lunchmeat with who knows what in it. Now I've been cooking chicken breasts about once a week; eating some for dinner and saving the rest for sandwiches. I've been using the searing option that cooks the meat at 500 degrees for 90 seconds and then lowers the temp to 350. You can set the temperature and the time so it will beep when done. I turn on the vent fan above the stove, even though there's little or no smoke. I've also made waffles a few times and they're delicious and don't stick to the plates even though I don't use cooking spray (they're really huge waffles too). This grill is getting used so much it hasn't moved from our countertop stove.
Here's some things I've learned, hopefully:
1. Cut the chicken breast (or whatever meat) so it's not too thick and it will cook quicker.
2. Make sure you put the grease pan underneath (very important!).
3. Raise the angle of the grill when cooking meat so the grease slides into that grease pan underneath.
3. Don't pour in too much waffle mix because it will overflow through the back and make a horrible mess
4. Make sure you put in the grill plates BEFORE heating up the grill. Geeze, I just made chicken tonight and
guess what, opened the grill to put on the chicken and no grill plates so had to unplug it and start over...
(this wasn't the first time I pulled that trick).
The grill definitely has evolved since the earlier ones we started buying over 10 years ago. This is the best one yet and cleanup is a snap; yay! My hubby tells me he likes my grilled chicken and would even stay home to have it instead of eating out. :-)
2 Stars By Edward H Sherman on 2015-04-12
Ceramic Plates Are Bad On This
Overall this is a good grill, but the Ceramic Plates have issues. After about 10 uses, the top ceramic plate is no longer non stick and I can't get it clean at all. The bottom plate is fine, but the top plate has completely failed. I do a lot of searing so my thoughts are that might of damaged the top plate. I have always followed the directions of cleaning the plates, and like I said the bottom plate has no problems at all. I have attached a pictures of the top plate after trying to clean it for 5-10 min.
4 Stars By Larry W. on 2016-11-03
I love my George Forman Grill (GFG) .. I use it every single day.
I ordered the GFG because of it's versatility, and I have really enjoyed it. However, the reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the hinges. They are self adjusting which is a problem, unless you hold the lid very carefully when closing. When closing, the lid will push the food forward because of the way the hinges float. I wish they would have been adjustable rather than self adjusting. I'm sure it would work well with a steak, but I'm a vegetarian, so I'll never experience that ... but for a sandwich, it will push the bread off the top and/or push the sandwich to the front.
Note, with the griddle pan or baking pan on the bottom and the grill on the top, it solves this problem with sandwiches because of the depth and the lip on the plates.
The omelette plates are my favorite. What a cool idea, however the bottom plate is deeper than the top plate, so you're quite limited how much you can put in the omelette. Not a huge problem, but a small flaw in the design.
The plates clean extremely easy. Sometimes I just wipe with a wet cloth or paper towel. The non stick is amazing.
So far I have cooked Pressed Sandwiches, Waffles, Omelettes, Cinnamon Rolls and Wedge Potatoes in the baking plate. It's like a small toaster oven. It's amazing. I plan to try Pizza, Tortillas, and a Pineapple Upside Down Cake for my next projects.
I have no regrets, and I'd buy it again. Compared to the other similar products on the market, this was the best buy for the money.
1 Stars By Lisa j. on 2016-12-28
After having a Foreman grill for over 10 years that I loved, I bought this one when the last one finally died. I am a NOT a happy camper! I have had it less than a month, used a handful of times and it's in terrible condition. The porcelain is cracking off the plates and into my food. The heating element only works in the very center so you can only cook one thing from right in the middle. I'm so upset. I plan to contact the company and see what they'll do. Might try amazon replacement but I'm just super frustrated.
5 Stars By AuRebel on 2014-11-24
Best George Foreman Grill So Far!
Wow I love this grill, Its a little pricey but you get what you pay for right. I was torn between the George Foreman GRP4842P 2-in-1 Evolve Grill or the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler. I'm happy that I choose this George Foreman. Very easy to use, just plug it in click the power button and wait for the beep that sounds when it comes up to temperature, set your timer and your good to go. A good sized boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked at 350 F in 12 minutes, nice sear marks and juicy. I cooked it with the plates level and had garlic, onion and bell peppers grilling on the side which was nice not to have the veggies try to fall out the front.
Ceramic grill plates (They don't recommend cooking spray)
Comes with waffle plates
Has a Sear option at 500 F
Can make plates level so food don't slide forward.
Easy clean up
Cons: Just the price lol. but its worth it.
I'm very happy with my purchase and have to say in my opinion it is by far the best George Foreman grill I've ever used. I wouldn't hesitate to buy for gifts or replace if needed. Want a good grill look no further!
2 Stars By white_lilac on 2017-06-11
Still not good...
UPDATE Aug 24, 2017: I owned this grill for 3 months now and we are on a second set of grill plates. I spoke with customer service and we had a very lengthy conversation (I work full time and have two kids). Customer service sent new plates and I am officially back to square one with unusable grill plates due to burnt spot appearing again. We cook three times per day on this grill but nowhere does it say that I can cook only certain amount of times. I wish I can find the very first grill we had because that grill lasted for years. I can no longer cook my son's food on Evolve and I came back to amazon to see what other options we have.
My son with special needs is gluten intolerant so we've been dependent on George Foreman grill for years, ever since they made those black lined grills with timer on top. I make my son's breakfast, lunch and dinner so grill is used constantly. We never had issues with black lined grills but these ceramic grills are awful. This is our second "ceramic plated" GF and first one plates got burnt spot developed within a month so as this one. George Foreman's customer service replaced plates for us with first grill but problem returned and customer service decided its not their problem anymore. I figured to try new Evolve series with hopes of some sort of improvement to ceramic grill plates but wrong! still burns spot developed within first week of using. I will contact customer service but I am sure they will blow me off just like they did before. I depend 100% on this grill to make sure my son's gluten free food is prepared separately such as chicken nuggets, chicken meatballs, breakfast sausage etc etc of gluten free option available - he has been on gluten free diet for 12 years since discovering his intolerance. I haven't tried other brands of indoor grill but I will if customer service ignores me... again. Otherwise, I love how I can wash grill plates easily, those black grill plates was tough to clean since those were attached to the grill. I also love how quickly I can make my son's food. I used Kill A Watt and it measured $18/mos usage so not too bad compared to heating an oven three times per day with A/C unit fighting all that heat generated. George Foreman, please make this ceramic plates so those don't develop burnt spot within a week... at least have grill plates last a year so I can justify cost.
Photo is of grill plates washed and ready with its burnt spots on top and bottom. Those spots will increasingly become larger until entire grill plate will turn into nasty brown madness. I used grill brush sold on AlumiGogo for this grill and I do not use Magic Eraser because instructions state abrasives will destroy ceramic grill plates.
1 Stars By Russ on 2017-06-08
I was surprised by the quality of this product. ...
I was surprised by the quality of this product. Especially since I have used a George Foreman grill in the past. We tried to make waffles as our first treat. You could clearly see that the heating element is round while the grill is square. This led to undercooked sides and overcooked middles. Also, the cleaning was atrocious!! The grill is supposed to be flat when making pancakes. The batter dripped out the back and into the pedestal and lever. This made it impossible to clean. This item was shipped back for a refund.
1 Stars By anonymous on 2016-07-04
Top ceramic grill plate sticks and burns on residue
Grill plates stick, especially the top one. I am sure "George" doesn't want spray or marinade on the surface to make it stick more. The worse part of it is that I haven't been able to clean the cooked-on residue. Plus, the food sticks to the top plate. I have looked at some other reviews that speak of the same problem.
I would not buy again!